Faculty member since: 2004
Fundamentals of Writing
Fundamentals of Writing – Accelerate Learning Program
English Composition: The Writing Process
English Composition: Writing and Research
Issues In Women’s Studies
Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
Master of Public Administration, Rutgers University
Master of Arts in English, The College of New Jersey
What brought you to Brookdale?
The question isn’t what brought me here, it’s WHO! When I was little, my mom volunteered at the Monmouth Museum, and I have wonderful memories of going to the Brookdale campus with her. Years later, when I was “grown-up” and looking for a job in the nonprofit world, I really wanted to make a difference right here in my hometown county. I wanted to work at a place that helped many different kinds of people trying to achieve their dreams. I saw an ad for a job at the Brookdale Foundation, and I quickly applied. First, I raised money for scholarships to help Brookdale students afford to go here, and now, I help students become better writers and critical thinkers.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
As much as I love to help students by rolling up my sleeves and sitting down with them in a classroom to help them improve their writing, I like to get students out of the classroom, too! My classes often go on trips to volunteer at Fulfill and the Open Door food bank in Freehold, as well as New York City. Through the Brookdale International Center, I chaperoned a group of students to Iceland, and I hope to take another group to Hawaii in 2018. I’m very involved with Brookdale’s Women in Learning and Leadership program, too, and have served as the adjunct liaison for the English department for nine years.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
That’s easy. In 2011, Gloria Steinem visited Brookdale thanks to my efforts. Not only did I introduce her to the sold-out crowd, but I interviewed her for a special segment on Brookdale TV. It was a day I’ll never forget!
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
The faculty and staff. Brookdale is, and always has been, a very special place thanks to them.
Would you recommend that students take a class in your department?
The English classes I teach are required for most students, so I don’t think I need to persuade them to take my classes. But how about World Literature? How about a Women’s and Gender Studies course? Try something new — as a Brookdale student, this is your opportunity to explore new things, so give them a chance! You won’t be sorry!